Dressing for the Wedding: Know Your Audience

Posted by Storyboard Wedding on May 30th, 2012

Hello lovelies! Ready for some more stylish pretty? Good me too! This time I was off to my first wedding of the season at, Drum Roll Please……. West Point! That’s right, the land of crème de la crème of military schooling complete with military men in shiny fancy dress! Me likey! Yes hubby, I like you better though! The couple is in my close circle of friends so I had a good pulse on the vibe and style of this wedding. It’s important to know your audience when dressing for any wedding, and I’ll show you what I mean below!

I know that wedding dress code on invitations always seems to provide a bit of confusion for guests as to exactly what the couple is after, and the invitation for the West Point wedding stated Black Tie Welcome. In my opinion, if a couple is even going to list Black Tie, be it optional, welcome, or flat out black tie, ere on the side of Black Tie. This particular wedding, especially being at a gorgeous Military venue, meant it was time for me to bring out the sequins! I know I know, I had sequins last week! It’s just the way these 2 lined up! I swear… I am totally going in burlap to my next event for the sake of not being one note!

Let’s start with my dress shall we?  My dress was an Aidan Mattox Sequined Mesh Sheath Dress in Tea Rose. This dress has one of my all time favorite silhouettes; it’s fitted, but not tightly, just about the knee line, slight boat neck, with a bit of sex in back. It’s one of those dresses where even though you’re completely covered, you still feel insanely sexy. I also used a low back converter from Linda The Bra Lady to make sure my bra strap didn’t show (which it did before I discovered this gem). It’s only $8 so get one…now!

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Initially for the heels, I was going to go full nude pump, but I felt I wanted to have a bit more fun, and here is my first example of knowing your audience. The bride and groom getting married are in their early 30’s & I knew the lion’s share of the guests would be in the late 20 ‘s to early 30’s age range. Not to mention the couple’s parents are a total gas and love to kick up their heels, so I knew a more playful, even whimsical approach to my black tie look would be well received. Breaking away from all nude, I grabbed my newly acquired Boutique 9 Nickeya Peeptoe Platform Pumps (Ps- Currently retailing at Bloomies right now cheaper then I paid!) which feature a gorgeous coral color foot bed, & turquoise heel. Color blocking anyone!?

Which leads me to my nails, toes & finger!  I wanted to keep with the light hearted youthful feel, deciding to tie my nails into the color blocking theme of my pumps! For this I kept it simple, alternating 2 great OPI colors per nail, Elephantastic Pink & Fly. I also applied the turquoise coloring when I chose my earrings, snagging a great pair of drop turquoise stunners.

When it came time to sort out my hair, doing a more formal updo just didn’t feel right. I played around a bit, ultimately finding that I really liked a loose top knot bun, aka the structured mess! I was convinced it would begin to fall once I hit the dance floor, but low and behold, that baby actually held all night long!  For my make-up, I kept it on the lighter side, using a strong brown liquid liner, shimmer pink pop with espresso brown for contour. I finished the look with light pink lips.

Ok, confession time kids  I totally bit it on the dance floor at one point! And believe it or not, it wasn’t even the alcohol! However, air guitar was involved…yup, you read that right, air guitar.  Sigh… During a particularly fabulous song, I lifted my leg a bit straight out (as my guitar of course) and attempted to strum it at about the exact same time my left ankle decided it wasn’t a fan of my lack luster dance moves! Thanks left ankle, way to be a team player….

All in all, I really liked my whole look and was really pleased with how it came together. I knew my color blocking dress, fashion forward heels & loose top knot bun would go over well as this black tie affair was not a stogie stuffy event. It’s key to know the type of event you’re going to, as well as the kind of people that will be there. This will help you more accurately style your wedding guest look & lead you in the right direction. And not to toot my own horn… but my overall look at the West Point wedding was really well received and I can’t tell you how many of the older guests went nuts over my nails! I was floored, hehe!

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